Norwich haven’t given Delia Smith so much as a goal’s worth of sustenance in three of their last six away games but that shouldn’t stop over 3.5 strikes being bagged in a traditionally high-scoring fixture, with City more than capable of delivering on the odds of 27/20 about that eventuality on their own.
Last season’s Premier League silver medalists are a crash diet-skinny 1/5 to trouser all the points, with the stalemate 11/5 and a second successive Norwich victory in this fixture 23/20.
The Citizens have scored three goals or more in four of their five domestic home games this term.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men have ladled out beatings to every English visitor they’ve had this season, registering no fewer than 18 goals in the process.
Their strong start to the campaign has owed much to the scintillating form of Sergio Aguero, whose seven goals mean he has outscored the entire Norwich team on his own in 2013/14.
Norwich have conceded at least three times in eight of their last ten away games against last season’s top four.
They may be stubborn as a mule at Carrow Road having beaten Manchester United and Arsenal last term, but that’s where the giant slaying ends for Chris Hughton’s men, who tend to roll over like the most sycophantic of parlour pooches when visiting the big boys.
This term they even allowed Chelsea to boot three past them in East Anglia and they’ve further reminded punters of their rabbit in the headlights approach to visiting the big four by shipping a quartet in trips to the Emirates and Old Trafford.
Since the Canaries’ 2011/12 top-flight return none of their meetings with City have yielded less than five goals.
The opening strike has set off the last four clashes between our adversaries like a discarded dog end in a firework factory, with a bumper haul of goals on each and every occasion.
While Norwich’s potential contribution to ensuring the 3.5 goal bar is Fosbury flopped may seem doubtful given their scoring travails, they somehow fired five past the Premier League’s best defence of 2012/13 despite being similarly benign last term.